New Hampshire Committee Hearing One of the Final Steps to Statewide Protections for Transgender PeopleBy Shane Stahl • April 16, 2018 • 1:43 pm
A hearing occurring today, April 16, could put the state of New Hampshire on the final path to explicit nondiscrimination protections for transgender people in the Granite State.
The Senate Judiciary Committee, a five-member panel, will convene today at 1:30pm ET to discuss HB 1319, legislation that would add transgender nondiscrimination protections to the state’s already existing civil rights law, thereby affording transgender people dignity in housing, employment, and public accommodations.
The legislation has already cleared several hurdles to arrive at this point. HB 1319 passed out of the House Judiciary Committee and the Health and Human Services Committee, making its way to the floor of the House for a full vote. The bill was overwhelmingly voted ‘ought to pass’ by a vote of 195-129. The bill also gained the endorsement of several important groups, including the House Libertarian Caucus, the Children’s Caucus, the NH Business and Industry Association, and the NH Association of Chiefs of Police, in addition to having a strong bipartisan contingent of cosponsors, including Republicans and Democrats alike.
Regardless of the committee’s decision Monday, the legislation will move forward to the Senate floor for a full vote. Freedom New Hampshire, the campaign to pass these protections, has continued to work closely with the legislature and other groups to ensure passage of the bill. If passed on the Senate floor and signed by Governor Chris Sununu, New Hampshire would become the 19th state in the country to offer comprehensive statewide nondiscrimination protections.
Freedom for All Americans has been proud to serve as a leading and founding member of Freedom New Hampshire, the campaign to protect transgender people from discrimination across the state.
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